Human Resources

Job Announcement Description

Job Title:   Director 
Department:   Shuman Juvenile Detention Center
Salary:   $102,318.40 per year
How to Apply:    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application.

Minimum Requirements:
A Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in business administration, public administration, criminal justice, the social or behavioral sciences or a related field AND ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in administration or human services to include experience in a juvenile facility.

Position Summary: 
Under the direction of the County Manager, the Director of the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center is responsible for the overall management and administration of a coed juvenile detention facility.  This position involves planning, development, implementation, revision and evaluation of departmental programs, services and policies and procedures.  Work also involves the coordination and integration of programs and activities and the establishment and oversight of necessary controls to ensure all functions are carried out in accordance with local, state and federal laws, regulations and standards governing the facility.  The Director is charged with overseeing agency contractual agreements; preparation of the annual budget; developing organizational short-term and long-range goals and objectives; planning, developing, coordinating and implementing agency programs; and participating in the recruitment, selection, evaluation and discipline of employees.  This position is responsible for the overall supervision of the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center operations and staff.


  • Plans, develops, implements and revises departmental programs, services and policies/procedures, ensuring the provision of optimum services to youthful offenders utilizing ancillary services, personnel and physical resources; implements new programs as the needs of the residents change; evaluates program and client services for effectiveness, efficiency and budget issues; administers agency policies ensuring juvenile rights, care and safety per local, State and Federal guidelines.
  • Oversees and participates in the recruitment, selection, evaluation and discipline of agency employees; plans, organizes and supervises the work of all Center staff; plans, develops, coordinates and implements agency programs which maintain a progressive approach to the care of youth within a correctional/detention facility.
  • Prepares annual budget and assumes responsibility for all expenditures; develops organizational short-term and long-range planning goals and objectives; authorizes budgetary expenditures per administrative guidelines; monitors budgetary status and compliance; oversees agency record maintenance and conformity to administrative requisites; manages, monitors and evaluates resources needed and used by the facility.
  • Provides leadership and direction to managers and supervisors in dealing with crises and emergency situations.
  • Establishes and maintains positive and continuing communication and relationships with other County departments, law enforcement and judicial agencies, other local, public and private agencies and groups  to develop mutually supportive programs, contracts and agreements; monitors contract guidelines and adherence; participates on agency and community committees, task forces and work groups involved in corrections and human service activities.
  • Prepares Requests for Proposals and bid announcements; oversees and participates in selection of vendors, service contracts and commodity contracts.
  • Performs related tasks and duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Formal methods of problem-solving, organizational development and change
  • Issues currently facing juveniles within the justice system; and effective strategies and approaches to addressing these issues within the juvenile detention facility environment
  • State and local statutes and standards relating to juvenile correction/detention facilities
  • Department of Welfare regulations; other applicable local, state and federal regulations
  • Juvenile correctional/detention management practices including legal rights, care, custody, health, security, welfare and program services for youth
  • Personnel administration as it relates to hiring, supervising, disciplining and evaluating employees
  • PC and software applications, e.g., Microsoft Office, JD Edwards, etc.

Ability to:

  • Direct and oversee comprehensive programs related to the custody, rehabilitation, treatment, housing and classification of youthful offenders
  • Analyze complex problems and recommend and./or implement effective courses of action; make independent, sound, ethical decisions regarding highly sensitive matters; and maintain confidentiality Work with state and local law enforcement officials and human service agencies related to the operations of a detention/correctional facility for juveniles
  • Plan, organize, set and meet objectives
  • Train, supervise, support, develop and evaluate  staff
  • Interpret Federal, State and local statutes and standards pertaining to juvenile correctional/detention facilities
  • Make professional and administrative decisions within the framework of County rules and policies
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with residents, family members, co-workers, law enforcement and judicial personnel, community agency representatives and other County departments
  • Manage multiple and competing priorities and projects
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

Residency:  Must become a resident of Allegheny County within one (1) year of appointment.

Veteran's Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.


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